Diabetes ECHO

Improving Diabetes Management Services

Training and Support for Diabetes Management Professionals

For our Diabetes ECHO, Well-Ahead Louisiana will serve as the “hub” of specialists, including an endocrinologist, an internal medicine physician, a certified diabetes educator, a nurse practitioner, a pharmacist, a cardiologist (as needed), and a podiatrist (as needed). All clinicians in the community who work with patients living with diabetes are invited to join as “spokes” of the model.

The scheduled ECHO clinics function like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations. Spoke sites will present patient cases and participants will discuss and help determine the best treatment for the patient. Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians.

Sessions will be held every other week for one hour. Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are able to obtain CEU credits for participation in Diabetes ECHO sessions. Once you have registered, a Diabetes ECHO staff member will reach out to you with more information. 

Note: Multiple providers at the same location will need to register individually.

Registration for the 2021 Diabetes ECHO series is closed!

What to Expect

Once registered, here is what you can expect attending a biweekly session:

  • Introduce hub and spoke teams
  • Present a de-identified patient case
  • Ask clarifying questions to a case presenter
  • Provide treatment recommendations
  • Present diabetes treatment and management education
  • Have time for questions
  • Provide announcements and wrap up session


Providers who wish to receive CEUs will need to enter attendance and complete the post-session survey within 48 hours of the session to obtain credit for each session. Attendance will be collected via the Zoom chat feature during the sessions. The links for the post-session surveys will be sent via the Zoom chat feature at the end of the session and sent via email to confirmed attendees the day following the session.

Read the Diabetes ECHO Participant Guide to learn more.

Submit a case presentation form!

Meet the Hub Team

Christine Castille is a Family Nurse Practitioner, board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. Christine is passionate about partnering with healthcare providers, staff, and patients to reach quality healthcare goals. As a nurse practitioner and healthcare consultant, her career has included a focus on multiple aspects of diabetes and related conditions such as hypertension, renal disease, and obesity as well as working for and collaborating with payors and ACOs. Recently Christine’s passion for supporting healthcare providers, empowering patients and researching integral aspects of patient adherence has led her to work with VMS biomarkeing.

Dr. Anthony Decuir was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Brother Martin High School and Xavier University of Louisiana. He attended Podiatry School in Chicago at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and received his Podiatric training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After practicing for one year in the New Orleans area, he moved to Baton Rouge, where he has practiced for the past eighteen years.

Dr. Satish Gadi is an interventional cardiologist who has been practicing in Baton Rouge since 2010. He did much of his training including residency, fellowship, etc. in New York and now works with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South which has been serving Southern Louisiana for 35 plus years. Dr. Gadi in addition to being a cardiologist, has a special interest in PAD–both diagnosis and management.

Raven Jackson has taught in several courses within the pharmacy curriculum including neurology therapeutics, interprofessional education, medication therapy management, point of care testing, professional practice and pharmacogenomics as well as an infectious disease point of care testing lab. As a component of her clinical position, Raven has also served as a preceptor for both advanced pharmacy practice experiences, introductory pharmacy practice experiences, and the ambulatory post graduate year 1 Pharmacy Residency program at West Jefferson Medical Center – The Family Doctor’s Clinic. She provided diabetes medication management and polypharmacy medication reconciliation services. She also provided med consults to the Surgical Center at West Jeff. 

Dr. Dragana Lovre is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine (Section of Endocrinology), where she also completed her Clinical Endocrinology Fellowship. Dr. Lovre is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Her clinical and research interests focus on cardiovascular complications of diabetes with special interest in women’s health and obesity. She is involved in “Diabetes is Primary Program” by the American Diabetes Association, which delivers easily accessible continuing education to meet the needs of busy primary care providers, and also clinical trials in diabetes at Tulane University. 

Dr. Vy Anh Mai received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She also obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Mai joined the Section of General Internal Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 2019. Dr. Mai practices primary care at Tulane’s Uptown Multispecialty Clinic and actively sees patients of all ages. She has an interest in academic medicine and supervises residents in the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics clinic. 

Diabetes ECHO Schedule

Date Topic Presenter
October 19, 2021 Diabetes Self-Management Education Sacha Uelmen, RDN, CDCES
November 2, 2021 The National Diabetes Prevention Program Rebecca Guidroz, RDN, LDN
November 16, 2021 Helping Patients Stay on Track During the Holidays Christine Castille, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDCES

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Louisiana Department of Health, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access and Project ECHO®. Project ECHO® is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AMA Designation Statement: Project ECHO® designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACPE Designation Statement: This activity will provide pharmacists up to 1.0 contact hour. UAN JA4008231-9999-21-004-L04-P has been assigned to this Knowledge based program for Pharmacists. CE credit information, based on verification of live attendance and completion of the program evaluation, will be provided to NABP within 60 days after the activity completion.

ANCC Disclosure Statement: Project ECHO® designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hour. Nursing contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of program components based upon documented attendance and completion of evaluation.

Disclosure: Project ECHO®, in compliance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support, requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of an activity disclose all relevant financial relationships they have had within the last 12 months with a commercial interest related to the content of this activity. The Planners and Presenters of this activity (Anthony Decuir, DPM; Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, MPH; Christine Castille, FNP-C, BC-ADM, CDE; Dana O’Neal; Denaé Hebert, MBA/HCA, CHC; Dragana Lovre, MD; Jill Rainwater; Kelly Griffin, LOTR; Lily Martinez, MPH; Marcy Hubbs, MBA, RDN, CDE; Raven Jackson, PharmD; Vy Anh Mai, MD, MS) disclose that they have no financial relationships with any commercial interest.

The Presenters (Satish Gadi, MD, Nature of Relationship;: Stockholder; Name of Commercial Interest: Venclose, Inc.) have disclosed that they have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. The relationships were reviewed by the ECHO Joint Accreditation Office and conflicts of interest were resolved prior to the activity.